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Try wheeling - instead of walking - in someone else’s shoes

Published Tuesday, 9th June 2015

The City of Wanneroo is hosting a youth sports workshop to increase awareness and understanding of wheelchair sports.

Woman in wheelchair playing basketball

The workshop, being held on Friday 26 June at Hainsworth Leisure Centre in Girrawheen, encourages young people to compete in a wheelchair basketball competition developed by Perth Wheelcat and City of Wanneroo youth volunteer Kim Robins.

In addition to his involvement with the Be Active Perth Wheelcats, Mr Robins has also spent three years playing wheelchair basketball in Italy, Spain and Germany and said he hoped the program would be a real eye opener for young people.

“Basketball is a very popular sport for young people in Girrawheen and many of them are excellent players…on their feet,” Mr Robins said.

“Wheelchair basketball is a whole other ball game though (excuse the pun), as you’re totally reliant on your upper body skills and on your wheelchair to get around the court—it really acts as a great equaliser for everyone who participates!”

The wheelchair basketball workshop is one of many activities for 12- 25 year olds on offer at Hainsworth Leisure Centre during school term times.

  • Mondays 3.30-5.15pm: (girls only) arts, crafts, cooking and dancing
  • Tuesdays 3.30-6.15pm: basketball, dodgeball, arts and ping pong competitions
  • Wednesdays 3.30pm-5.30pm: (8-11 year olds only) arts and crafts, cooking
  • Thursdays 3.30pm-6.15pm: outdoor sports and cooking
  • Fridays 3.30-6.15pm: basketball, indoor soccer tournaments, cooking and pool competitions.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said engaging youth in fun and positive after school activities was a priority for the City.

"Around 10 per cent of all youth in Western Australia live in the City of Wanneroo, so Council is committed to providing a range of programs especially for our younger residents,” she said.

To find out more about the wheelchair basketball workshop and the City's other youth programs follow the City’s youth team on Facebook.  

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